Tracie Shepherd

Welcome back to our 2022-2023 school year! I’m so excited for this new year! I’ll do everything I can to connect you to those just right books!

Here’s just a little bit about me.

I am a Helena native and graduated from Helena High School ~ Go Bengals!

I spent 4 years in Virginia with my husband who was in the Coast Guard. We came back to Montana as fast as we could! We have 3 children and 4 grandchildren who all live in Helena.

I graduated from Carroll College in 2006 and was lucky to teach 4th and 5th grades at Jim Darcy. In 2015 I was fortunate to join Smith School as librarian. I got my School Library Media endorsement in 2017 with the honor of Outstanding Graduating Graduate from Montana State University.

Some of my favorites:

Hobbies: Reading (of course), camping, traveling, and crocheting

Food: Chocolate!        Colors: Red and Purple

Books: Harry Potter series, Nancy Drew mysteries, The Orphan Train, Sounds of Home, West with Giraffes, and so many more!








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Library Administration Duties include but are not limited to:

      • Preparing and administering the library budget, keeping records of all expenditures.
      • Maintaining an efficient system of classifying, cataloging, and circulating all library materials; instructing teachers and students in the use of the library system.
      • Keeping records of student use, circulation, purchases, and losses; providing regular reports on the library as required by the administration and as needed for planning purposes.
      • Conducting the regular inventory of library materials, evaluates the collection, weeds obsolete and worn materials, and updates inventory records and the catalog.
      • Purchasing and processing new materials.
      • Preparing and designing the promotion of library media center materials through displays and published communications.
      • Working collaboratively with many groups within the school culture: parents, teachers, students, administrators, and community members.
      • Preparing lessons to enhance classroom instruction and promote reading skills and enjoyment.
      • Assisting teachers in identifying and accessing materials to support content-area instruction as well as professional growth.
      • Consulting with teachers about students’ instructional needs and learning differences.
      • Collaborating with classroom teachers to design, implement, and evaluate instruction that ensures integration of literature and information literacy skills into student learning.
      • Helping students develop attitudes and skills leading to lifelong learning and library use.
      • Providing professional development for the faculty in such areas as new information technologies and information literacy.
      • Supporting the continuing educational research of faculty and administrators.
      • Functioning as the informational technology leader and technology troubleshooter within the school.
      • Preparing lists of topical and new materials to support class assignments and to promote interest in reading.